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Melaninophobia in China - by David Evans
« on: December 22, 2009, 07:13:58 am »

Two recent media stories capture the widespread prejudice against black people in China.  They come via the Washington Post (November 15, 2009) and CNN (December 21, 2009):
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/14/AR2009111401147.html?referrer=emailarticle
 
  http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/21/china.race/index.html
 
The stories cover the plight of 20 year-old Lou Jing from Shanghai whose mother is Chinese and father is African American.  She is a college student who competed on a nationally-televised reality show called "Go! Oriental Angel" and seemingly all hell broke loose when she outperformed the other young women.  The responses read like 1960s USA. :-)
 
The Post article goes into detail about the near-obsession with skin color in China and to what length many are willing to go to keep their skin fair:
 
“High-end skin-whitening products are a $100 million-a-year business in China, according to industry statistics.”
 
Shouldn’t such “melaninophobic” persons realize that by looking down on black people because of the color of their skin, they are also looking in a mirror and despising themselves?  Why otherwise would they risk the havoc that mercury-based skin-whiteners can wreak upon their skin and bodies just to appear more “attractive?”
 
 

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Re: Melaninophobia in China - by David Evans
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2009, 12:28:11 pm »
It is what it is. They love them some white. It's like this in just about every country though. Sure you have some members on here that bleech! Like to give a shout out to Jenn! LOL :D Just kidding, don't lose a kidney. Damn! Sad never the less.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2009, 12:32:55 pm by MKG »

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Re: Melaninophobia in China - by David Evans
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 05:59:54 pm »
It is a problem. As China becomes more affluent they're sticking to old prejudices about wealth and skin color. Skin whitening products have become popular in Asia. I'm wondering if there will be a new campaign against prejudice as the issue of human rights and equality comes up more often.
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Re: Melaninophobia in China - by David Evans
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010, 03:33:08 am »
I cannot walk past a cosmetic counter without some well-meaning sales person trying to sell me some skin-whitening cream.
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